Alex R. Fischer

President & CEO

Columbus Partnership

Alex Fischer is the President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic organization of Columbus, Ohio’s, top business leaders formed in 2002 to improve the economic and cultural base of central Ohio. The Partnership is helping to lead the Columbus 2020 economic development effort, which is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations and is involved with education reform efforts with Columbus City Schools. The Partnership’s members include 15 Fortune 1000 CEOs, as well as the leaders of the nation’s largest university and world’s largest research and development organization.

The Columbus Partnership played a key role in winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Smart City Challenge”  to bring $50 million of grant funding to the city and receiving official designation as the “Smart City” of North America. Fischer serves as Co-Chairman of Smart Columbus and leads the private­ sector efforts to make Columbus a pioneer in smart mobility.

Fischer has been active on numerous for-profit boards and community organizations including serving as the past Chairman of Veloycs, OmniViz and the SunTrust Bank of East Tennessee Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is ranked by U.S. News World Report as one of the Best Children’s Hospitals and is one of the nation’s  largest  not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks, as well as home to  one of  the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Fischer is a Trustee of The Ohio State University and on the boards of Advanced Drainage Systems, Columbus 2020, Nationwide Children’s Championship, and The Ohio State Innovation Foundation.

Prior to joining the Columbus Partnership, Fischer was Senior Vice President for Business and Economic Development for Battelle headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and served on the company’s Executive Committee and as a corporate officer. His responsibilities included commercialization of Battelle’s technologies including six national laboratories managed or co-managed by Battelle. In this role, he served as one of the primary interfaces with Battelle’s venture capital investments. Fischer also oversaw the office of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Battelle’s Economic Development programs, as well as Business Development activities. In this post, he spearheaded Battelle’s successful bid of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as the UK’s new National Nuclear Laboratory.

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